The Argentine Go Association
1) General information
Board of directors.
President: Jorge Santkovsky (2009 - 2013)
Vice-President: Santiago Laplagne (2011 - 2015)
Treasurer: Héctor Rebagliatti (2009 - 2013)
Secretary: Esteban Calzetta (2009 - 2013)
- Lucas Galfasó (2009 - 2013)
- Andrés Comito (2011 - 2015)
- Masaaki Hayashi (2009 - 2013)
- Luciando Salerno (2011 - 2015)
- David Pollitzer (2009 - 2013)
- Santiago Tabares (2011 - 2015)
- Aníbal Gómez de la Fuente
- José Onega
Mails to the board of directors must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Webmaster: Santiago Laplagne
- Mailing lists: Jorge Santkovsky
- Argentine Room in KGS: Santiago Laplagne, Luciano Salerno, Santiago Tabares
Location. Santiago del Estero 952 1st floor, Buenos Aires City. The building is shared with the Jaque Mate Chess Club (Club de Ajedrez Jaque Mate).
Go Club hours. Saturdays from 5PM.
Administrative hours. Saturdays from 5PM to 10PM.
Person in charge: Andrés Comito
- email: email@example.com
2) About the Argentine Go Association
The Argentine Go Association (Asociación Argentina del Juego de Go, AAGO) organizes most go-related activities in Argentina, including teaching programs and tournaments, with the aim of further spreading the game in the country. These activities are sometimes carried out in cooperation with other national and international go organizations.
The AAGO is an officially registered non-profit organization.
Activities held by the AAGO include:
- Go courses on different levels: beginners, intermediate, advanced. Also go lectures for beginners, or commented games, are offered regularly. These activities take place at the AAGO Go club in Buenos Aires.
- AAGO members give courses at different places, such as the Rojas Cultural Center (operated by the University of Buenos Aires) and Go clubs in Nichia Gakuin (Japanese school) and the University of Buenos Aires (Faculty of Science).
- Tournaments: National Championship (40 players in 2007), University Student's Tournament, pair-go, beginners and intermediate events, and qualifying tournaments for international competitions.
- Argentina Go Congress: Held every year since 2006, it features classes, lectures, promotion for beginners, a Main Tournament, and side tournaments. Some events were held at the National Congress Library.
- Support to Go groups and clubs over the country through lending and discount sale of go boards, stones and start-up material in general. Also, AAGO members try to visit new Go clubs regularly for teaching or playing, thus helping them to take off.
- A library that includes most Go books written in English and all Go books in Spanish. It also offers some items on sale at a discount price for AAGO members.
- Web page (in Spanish) containing information for beginners, news, a game archive and study material.
- Internet forums for news, game commentaries, etc. The mailing list "Cursogo" currently has 399 members. http://ar.groups.yahoo.com/group/cursogo/
- Local ranking and rating system. At present working mostly at the Go club in Buenos Aires
Support to internet go lessons by Fernando Aguilar, Latin America's top player and other go players.
- Manufacturing of Go material (boards and stones) for sale in the local market and export to other Latin American countries at affordable prices.
- On 2001, the AAGO held in Buenos Aires the 3rd Iberoamerican Tournament and Toyota Denso Cup, with an attendance of 52 players.
- On september 2008, the AAGo held the 10th Iberoamerican Tournament
- The AAGO published a Spanish translation of the beginners book "Go, the most fascinating game" from the EGF. This material is essential for the spreading of the game in Argentina and Latin America.
Top results by Argentine players are:
- Fernando Aguilar's victories at the 1st Toyota-Denso Cup over two professional players, Hasegawa Sunao 9-dan and Yo Kagen 9-dan, thus entering the quarterfinals.
- Mr. Aguilar has also qualified as the South and Central America representative to the Fujitsu Cup 8 times and to the Toyota-Denso Cup 3 times.
- Mr. Aguilar took 5th place in the 4th World Amateur Go Championship (1982) and 9th place in the 23rd WAGC (2001).
- Mr. Aguilar won the Iberoamerican Tournament 5 times: Buenos Aires 2001, Santiago (Chile) 2003, Mexico 2004, Lima (Peru) 2005, and Bogota (Colombia) 2006. He won the Spain Open 2006 held in Merida (Spain). He has won the Internet Iberoamerican Go Tournament 7 times out of 8 editions.
- Eduardo Lopez Herrero won the Havana Tournament in 1998, took 2nd place in the the Iberoamerican Tournament 2002 (Caracas) and 3rd place in Buenos Aires, 2001.
- Mr. Lopez Herrero qualified 2 times as the South and Central America representative to the Fujitsu Cup.
Current projects include:
- Holding a tournament circuit in different cities, to strengthen smaller clubs and groups. Also, establishing a national ranking system.
- Publishing a series of articles written by Fernando Aguilar, amateur 7-dan, covering all aspects of the game.
- Translation of Go books from English and Japanese for publication. Mr. Eduardo López Herrero, member of the AAGO, is a professional translator from both languages and an amateur 6-dan player.
- Training of go teachers for spreading the game throughout our country.
- Spreading activities at elementary and intermediate schools and at universities.